Me Made May 2012
I almost forgot to post my pledge, so here you have it:
I, Lavender of threadsquare, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’12. I will wear one handmade/upcycled garment each day for the duration of May 2012.
While I realize that is not the loftiest of goals, it is still a challenge to me. My closet has many handmade garments at this stage, yet not enough to go a month without repeats. It is also important for me at this point to cull my closet of both handmade and RTW garments that are collecting dust, and have been for years. Buffalo Exchange and Goodwill each received a donation last week, while I endeavor to make my wardrobe cohesive, versatile and in line with my lifestyle. As part of the monthly goal, and my larger sewing plan for spring/summer (life, actually), I’ll be making progress on my palette challenge, which includes garments that fit my life. Of course, there is a dress thrown in there (and the two extras recently made). But I really need to focus on the jeans and tops.
One of my favorite exhibits permanently installed at the American Textile History Museum is this comparison between a girl’s closet from 1830 and 2008. It provides an instant visual representation of our current state of easy, cheap consumption.
I wouldn’t say I’ve been a huge clothes horse throughout my life, but I’ve definitely purchased more than is actually worn. And although I’m slowing down by making/upcycling my clothing, that process is still susceptible to quick makes that either won’t last, or won’t be worn. Not that quick is necessarily bad. A quickie serged tee that’s totally me and well-made is awesome! However, my recent afternoon spent sorting worn and unworn clothing and makes really drove it home that it is important to develop a personal style. Of course, there are experiments with learning, developing technique, etc. But, and I’m just thinking out loud here, I should try not to be so willy-nilly, sew-whatever-whimsy, in my approach. Hence the plan, and I thank my fellow planning bloggers who started me on that path :)
Speaking of quick makes that won’t be worn… I definitely don’t want Miss Taffy to fall into that category. Especially so because I really do love the iridescent chiffon I’ve chosen, and feel this is a breezy, casual-meets-classy summer top. While experimenting last night with fusing charcoal Vilene bias tape to the edge, then serging, I kept thinking “if only there were a wash away version of this”. The tape provided the perfect amount of stabilization for a nicely dense rolled hem. While I didn’t mind the visible narrow strip under the sheer fabric, I didn’t love it, either. Lo! What have we here? A fusible stabilizer that also washes away? Yes. Just the thing. Prior to my sleuthing, I’d known only of iron away (no, I want to iron on, thank you) or wash away that needed to be held in place with a hoop or stitches. My order is placed, and I’ll be working on my Jean-ius course and Renfrow in the meantime.
Time to go dance around a pole and try to catch a kiss. Happy May Day!